We all know it's important to exercise. It's good for both our physical and mental health. In a perfect world, I'm sure we would all love to work out a few times a week, but sometimes life gets in the way. It can be hard to make time for a workout, much less find the energy to see it through. Here are some tips to keep you motivated, and maybe even looking forward to your workouts:
1. Do what you like!
This may seem like a no-brainer, but I really believe in choosing a type of exercise that you have fun with. You often hear about fitness plans that are potentially more effective than others, but if you don't enjoy those activities, you are not likely to do them. I think it is far more important to pick a type of exercise that you can have some fun with. If are a loner and like to use your workout time to zone out and think, go for a run or bike ride. If you love to be social and have others around to motivate you, go to a spinning or barre class. You will be far more likely to stay consistent with a workout if it's something you actually like!
2. Wear what makes you feel good!
This is a big one! Make sure you have workout clothes and shoes that you feel comfortable in. If you are out pounding the pavement and are constantly tugging at your shorts to keep them from riding up your thighs, it's annoying and uncomfortable. That means it's time to get some new workout gear. Go ahead and buy some workout clothes that make you feel confident and comfortable when you hit the gym. That way you can focus on your workout!
3. Always remember, this is for you!
We are all busy people right? Family, friends, and jobs all take a lot of time and energy. We spend so much time giving to those around us, but how often can we say that we do something for ourselves? Exercise is an action we can take to make ourselves healthier and happier. When you think about all the health benefits associated with exercise, , it's actually a great gift to give yourself! You deserve it!
4. Celebrate the victories!
Every time you exercise, give yourself a pat on the back. You wanted to work out 3 times this week, but were only able to make it happen twice? So what! You worked out twice and that's great. Next week you can try again for 3 sessions. If you set out to do 10 pushups but could only do 5, that's okay! You just did 5 pushups and maybe tomorrow you may be able to do 6! All workouts are victories. So don't sweat it (pun intended) if you have to stop and rest during spin class. The point is that you showed up, and that is worth celebrating.
I'm speaking from experience when I say that I have had plenty of times when I was sorry that I didn't exercise. I have never been sorry that I did!
Thanks for reading!
If your day has been crazy and you have had zero time to exercise, try this quick circuit workout before you hop in the shower. Who knows, maybe you could even do it twice?!
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